This French made firearm fires the NATO 5.56 mm Ball round and is compatible with the M-16 A1 30 round magazine. The rifle is equipped with a folding stock with a cleaning kit in the butt. Like the M-16 rifle, it is designed to be easily field stripped. The rifle was built with forward looking thinking and was equipped to handle optics in an era where service rifles employed iron sights.
Manufacturing of the FNC and its parts ceased in 1999. Most have been bought by European nations with slender defense budgets, been destroyed or have been sold in private markets. The story of the FNC is that of a “good gun” not being able to compete with other “good guns” in a market that is highly political. It’s also nearly impossible to find a FNC that is legal in the US. Semi-auto models are banned from sale in the US.